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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Opening Plenary Of The 2010 Skoll World Forum

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Session Description

Excitement builds as guests gather for the first time in 2010 at the Opening Plenary. A gift of majestic song by Vusi Mahlasela, South African singer-songwriter and Poet Activist kicks off the Forum. Next, two warm welcomes from Colin Mayer of the Saïd Business School, and Jeff Skoll.

The first speech was by Lakhdar Brahimi, Veteran UN Envoy and advisor, and former foreign minister to Algeria. His talk focused on his life in conflict and his work in South Africa, Haiti, Sudan, Iraq and Lebanon. “What I have learned in these 20 years in trying to make peace is …that you come across a lot of courage and forgiveness…”

The opening plenary’s panel focused on Governance, Transparency And Collaboration and was moderated by John Ydstie, Economic Correspondent, National Public Radio. Panelists were Ann Cotton, Executive Director of Camfed International;
 Diana Good and Lance Croffoot-Suede, Partners of Linklaters LLP;
 Dr. Felix Phiri, Director of Planning and Information, Ministry of Education in Zambia, and
 Faith Nkala, Deputy Executive Director of Camfed Zimbabwe. The focus was on a report about the importance of educating African girls.

Later, Dr. Paul Farmer, co-founder of Partners in Health, gives a presentation called “Catalyzing Collaboration: Our Humanity at Stake.” During his talk, he shows a video about the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti, called “No words can describe what happened that day.” He later says that the images of the ill in the video were taken recently, three months after the earthquake, asking “What is the disconnect between great need on the one hand, and unstinting giving on the other?”

To end the opening plenary, Pamela Hartigan, director of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, thanked everyone who put the Forum together and asked them by name to stand for applause.

When | Where

17:00 - 18:30 Wednesday, April 14

Session leaders

  • Vusi Mahlasela Speaker
    His music is generally described as "African folk". His work was an inspiration to many in the anti-apartheid movement. His themes include the struggle for freedom, and forgiveness and reconciliation with enemies. Vusi can also be heard performing on Warren Haynes' Live at Bonnaroo release during the song "Soulshine", and the Dave Matthews Band song, "Everyday", from the album of the same name as well as a live version of the song with him which appears on the album The Best of What's Around Vol. 1. Vusi was also one of the performers at the Live 8 concerts.
  • John Ydstie Speaker
    Economic Correspondent, National Public Radio
    John Ydstie has covered the economy, Wall Street and the federal budget for NPR for two decades and has worked at NPR since 1979. In recent years NPR has broadened his responsibilities, making use of his reporting and interviewing skills to cover major stories like the aftermath of 9/11, Hurricane Katrina and the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal. His current focus is reporting on the global financial crisis. Ydstie is also a regular guest host on the NPR news programmes Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Weekend Edition and Talk of the Nation.
  • Dr. Felix Phiri Speaker
    Director of Planning and Information,, Ministry of Education, Zambia
    With 15 years of working for the Zambian Government, Dr. Felix Phiri is currently the Director of Planning and Information at the Ministry of Education. Dr. Phiri holds technical expertise in the analysis and design of monitoring and evaluation systems, design of systems for aid effectiveness, and measuring HIV/AIDS and its socio-economic impacts. Research areas of interest include community financing and the universal coverage and quality of education and health care.
  • Faith Nkala Speaker
    Deputy Executive Director, Campaign for Female Education
    Faith Nkala is Deputy Executive Director and Head of Monitoring and Evaluation for Camfed in Zimbabwe. Faith is proud to have grown from being a beneficiary of Camfed to an outstanding role model. Her leadership in recent participatory and empowering research left rural communities appreciative of their tremendous contribution to girls` education and empowerment. Faith Nkala knows the enormous hurdles that girls from poor rural families face; her life bears testimony to the transformative power of education.
  • Ira Leeds Speaker
    Writer, Blue Oceans For Health
    Ira Leeds is a final-year medical student at Emory University and concurrently pursuing an MBA at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. More of his work appears on his permanent blog Blue Oceans for Health.
  • Principal, LCS Global Group
    I am the Principal of LCS Global Group. LCS Global Group works with organizations and corporations on governance and compliance challenges, and innovative financing and scaling their businesses and operations successfully.
  • Lakhdar Brahimi Speaker
    Member; Veteran United Nations Envoy and Advisor, The Elders
    Lakhdar Brahimi joined Algeria’s liberation struggle as a student and later served his country as an ambassador and Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1991 to 1993. In 1989 he brokered the Taif Agreement, which ended Lebanon’s civil war. He has represented the United Nations around the world, including in South Africa, Iraq and Afghanistan. Widely respected as a ‘diplomatic troubleshooter’, he also chaired an independent panel in 2000 to review United Nations peacekeeping operations; the resulting ‘Brahimi Report’ made ground-breaking recommendations for change. He served as the Joint Special Representative of the United Nations and the League of Arab States for Syria from 2012-14. Lakhdar Brahimi is a member of The Elders, a group of global leaders brought together by Nelson Mandela in 2007.
  • Colin Mayer Speaker
    Peter Moores Dean, Peter Moores Professor of Management Studies, Saïd Business School
    Colin Mayer is Peter Moores Dean of the Saïd Business School, Professor of Management Studies and Professorial Fellow of St Edmund Hall, Oxford. Mayer was the first professor at the Saïd Business School, the Peter Moores Professor of Management Studies. He has served on the editorial boards of several leading academic journals and was instrumental in creating the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) and the European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)). He has held visiting fellowships at Stanford, MIT and Brussels University (ULB), where he was the first Leo Goldschmidt Visiting Professor of Corporate Governance. He is a Fellow of the European Corporate Governance Institute and an Honorary Fellow of St Anne’s College, Oxford. Mayer is Chairman of Oxera Holdings Ltd, one of the largest independent economics consultancies in the UK.
  • Paul Farmer Speaker
    Co-founder and Chief Strategist, Partners In Health
    Medical anthropologist and physician Paul Farmer has dedicated his life to improving health care for the world's poorest people. He is Co-founder and Chief Strategist of Partners In Health (PIH), an international non-profit organization that since 1987 has provided direct health care services and undertaken research and advocacy activities on behalf of those who are sick and living in poverty. Dr. Farmer and his colleagues in the U.S. and abroad have pioneered novel community-based treatment strategies that demonstrate the delivery of high-quality health care in resource-poor settings. Dr. Farmer holds an M.D. and Ph.D. from Harvard University, where he is the Kolokotrones University Professor and the Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School; he is also Chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston. Additionally, Dr. Farmer serves as the United Nations Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Community Based Medicine and Lessons from Haiti. Dr. Farmer has written extensively on health, human rights, and the consequences of social inequality. He is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Margaret Mead Award from the American Anthropological Association, the Outstanding International Physician (Nathan Davis) Award from the American Medical Association, a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, and, with his PIH colleagues, the Hilton Humanitarian Prize. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
  • Ann Cotton Speaker
    Ann Cotton is the Founder and Trustee of Camfed International, an organisation advancing girls’ inclusion in education in Africa. Under her leadership over 20 years, the organisation expanded its work from Zimbabwe into Ghana, Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia, establishing programmes that enabled girls from poor families to travel through the education cycle from pre-school to tertiary level. Working in partnership with communities and African government ministries, Camfed has built around girls a social and institutional ecosystem in which they, and other children and young people, can thrive. In 2017, the 100,000th young woman joined the Camfed alumnae, each member transformed by education into a powerful role model and change agent. Ann’s vision of principle-based leadership continues to influence the international development sector. She has been awarded a number of honours including an OBE, an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Cambridge, Skoll and Schwab Fellowships, and a WISE Laureate.
  • Jeff Skoll Speaker
    Founder & Chairman, Jeff Skoll Group
    Jeff Skoll is an entrepreneur devoted to creating a sustainable world of peace and prosperity. Over the last 17 years, he has crafted an innovative portfolio of philanthropic and commercial enterprises, each a distinctive catalyst for changing the trajectory of issues that most affect the survival and thriving of humanity. This portfolio includes the Skoll Foundation, Skoll Global Threats Fund, Participant Media, and Capricorn Investment Group—all coordinated under the Jeff Skoll Group umbrella. The Skoll entrepreneurial approach is unique: driving large-scale, permanent social impact by investing in a range of efforts that integrate powerful stories, data, capital markets, technology, partnerships, and organized learning networks. Operating independently from one another yet deeply connected through a shared vision, Skoll organizations galvanize public will, influence policy, and mobilize resources to accelerate the pace and depth of change. Jeff was the first full-time employee and President of eBay, where he experienced firsthand the power of combining entrepreneurship, technology, and trust in people. His work today embodies those fundamental lessons. All of Jeff’s organizations rely on the premise that people are fundamentally good, and that given the opportunity to do the right thing, they will.
  • Pamela Hartigan Speaker
    Director (2009-2016), Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship
    Dr. Pamela Hartigan was Director of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Said Business School at the University of Oxford from 2009 until her passing in 2016. She was also founding partner of Volans Ventures, an organization focused on building innovative scalable solutions to challenges affecting our future. Prior to starting Volans, Dr. Hartigan spent eight years as the Founding Managing Director of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, a sister organization of the World Economic Forum, where she was also a member of the Managing Board. Of Ecuadorian origin, Dr. Hartigan first came to the United States at 17 years of age to study at Georgetown University; she went on to complete a PhD in human developmental psychology at the Catholic University of America. Throughout her career, she held varied leadership positions in multilateral organizations and educational institutions, as well as in entrepreneurial ventures. She was responsible for conceptualizing and creating new organizations, departments, and programs across a variety of institutions and platforms. Dr. Hartigan was a frequent lecturer on entrepreneurship and innovation at graduate business schools in the USA, Europe, and Asia, and an Adjunct Professor at the Columbia Business School and at the University of Technology Sydney. She co-authored a book with John Elkington, founder of SustainAbility (UK), entitled The Power of Unreasonable People: How Entrepreneurs Create Markets to Change the World, which was published by Harvard Business Press in 2008. She was a trustee of social investment organizations, publicly listed companies, and social impact focused organizations around the world. Dr. Pamela Hartigan died on August 12, 2016, at her home in France.